Ginkgoa draws upon varied repertoire |

Ginkgoa draws upon varied repertoire

Ginkgoa appears in Fallon on April 22.

The eclectic and high-energy French-American ensemble, Ginkgoa, will roll into Fallon for a concert on April 22.

They’ve performed at the renowned Montreux Jazz Festival, the Montreal International Festival and recently completed a sold-out, more than 200 dates, tour in China. Other venues that have hosted the ensemble include GlobalFest and Lincoln Center in NYC, Grand Performances in Los Angeles and the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.

Their repertoire draws upon several sources from current Pop melodies to old New York swing arrangements pepped-up with Electro touches.

The American singer and dancer, Nicolle Rochelle, and the French composer and producer, Antoine Chatenet and backed up on stage by Gregory D’Addario on drums, Anne Colombe-Martin on bass and Corentin Giniaux on clarinet and keyboards.

Tickets are $17 for CAC members, $20 for nonmembers and can be picked up at Jeff’s Copy Express on Maine Street, at ITT @ NAS Fallon or by calling the Churchill Arts Council at 775-423-1440.

“Eye of the Sixties: Richard Bellamy and the Transformation of Modern Art (Farrar, Straus and Giroux) by Judith E. Stein is an intriguing portrait of a key player in the art world of the 1960s.

Bellamy (1927-1998) was an important figure of the time, especially to artists, but also one who would try his best to ”artfully dodge posterity,” something he pretty much succeeded at until now.

He was among the first to show Andy Warhol’s pop art and pioneered what was then called “off site’ exhibitions which would become one of the landmark genres of modern art, installation art.

As a dealer, he produced early exhibitions of several artists would become key figures of the art world including Walter DeMaria, Donald Judd, Dan Flavin, Claes Oldenburg, James Rosenquist and others.

Stein spent more than two decades working on the book. Deeply researched, but by no means academic, the book is a lively portrait of a heady time in twentieth century American art and its ersatz, idiosyncratic, once-upon-a time-beatnik ringmaster. In the words of art critic, Dave Hickey, it is an essential reminder of “why we set out on our journey in the first place.”

Coming up at the Art Center in May will be “The Other Mozart,” a one-woman theatrical production. The award winning play is about the life of Nanneri Mozart, the genius sister of Amadeus, who has been mostly lost to history.

We’ll have more information on this innovative work in the coming weeks.

Kirk Robertson covers the arts and may be reached at